I live for moments of peace like this. There was a time when I wore a mask of happiness, and behind it I was truly sad, all of the time. It took a long time to become honestly happy with myself, and comfortable in my skin. But I’m here now, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

Free as a bird now

Call them bantu knots, loc knots, chiney bumps…I call them beautiful
JulianSilver Spring, MD 
Photo Credit: Ann Blake Photography

Djing at work on friday with @speight.x and @mikeyjpower  #beard #beards #dreads #dreadlocks #bedlam #camelclub #dj

@nohuman_imatiger is 4 months into her loc journey. Looking good chica đź‘Ś

I love this outfit

hi! I'm currently doing locs on a friend. i have had locks in the past, but as i have read and began to experience our two different hair types need different kinds of care. the locs i am currently doing need more moisture added in after a shampoo than what i have experienced personally. Can you recommend any oils or conditioners that wouldn't detriment the starting of locking on type 3b-3c hair?



I have 3b/3c hair, and my favorite conditioner is Yes to Carrots. Basically, anything with “cetearyl alcohol” listed as the first or second ingredient will do the trick. While alcohol ingredients usually dry hair out, there are a few exceptions called “fatty alcohols” that actually moisturize hair—cetearyl alcohol being one of them! These kinds of conditioners are easiest to find in the natural foods aisle at my grocery store. I’m not sure why exactly that is, but it might be a helpful tip for finding them!

A good regimen is to wash the hair with any shampoo. Curly hair tends to be more fragile, so if you want to retain as much moisture as possible, try to avoid shampoos with sulfates in them. Then lightly condition the hair with conditioner—don’t pack it into the cores of any loc. Rinse very thoroughly. Then lightly coat each loc with an oil to seal the moisture in. Jojoba oil is my favorite because it’s cheap, odorless, lightweight, and most closely mimics the chemical structure of human sebum.

And that’s about it, really. The particular products this person uses can make a big difference, so it may take some experimenting with different shampoos, conditioners, and oils to find what works best!

- KJ